10/09/2017 10:12 AM IST | Updated 10/09/2017 10:13 AM IST

One Militant Killed, Another Surrenders To Security Forces In An Encounter In Shopian

The forces are still continuing the search operation to weed out militants, reports say.

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An Indian police officer fires tear gas towards protesters during a protest march in Srinagar.

SRINAGAR-- A militant was killed this morning in a gun battle between security forces and militants that broke out in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday night.

"One militant was killed in a gun battle that broke out last night in Shopian district of south Kashmir," a police official told PTI.

The deceased militant has been identified as Tariq Ahmed Dar, whose body was recovered from the encounter site. The police said that he was allegedly involved in numerous terror-related incidents.

Meanwhile, a militant surrendered during an encounter with security forces that broke out in Shopian district of south Kashmir last evening, police said here.

The police said that a militant identified as Adil, who had joined militancy in May this year, surrendered after he was trapped from all sides.

Jammu and Kashmir Police officials assured him that he would not be killed after which he emerged from the debris of the house and laid down his AK-47 in front of the police officials.

This is for the first time in recent months that a militant has laid down his arms during an encounter.

Adil, a resident of Chitipora in Shopian, was immediately whisked away for questioning, they said, adding body of another militant identified as Tariq Ahmed Dar was recovered from the encounter site.

Dar was involved in many terror related incidents, they said.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S P Vaid had earlier said that boys who had taken to arms can surrender and the government would consider their cases.

Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Barbugh in Imam Sahib area of Shopian last evening after getting information about presence of militants there.

The militants had opened fire on the search party, triggering a gun battle.

With inputs from PTI